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ACC hosts Corrections Academy for jail officers

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ALPENA—A collection of uniforms sat in a classroom at Alpena Community College’s campus on Wednesday. Their wearers, law enforcement officers from sheriff’s departments around northern Michigan, were nearly at the end of four weeks of intensive training at ACC’s Corrections Academy, a ...

4 seek Alpena school board seat

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ALPENA — Four candidates will be interviewed today and Friday for a vacant seat on the Alpena Public Schools Board of Education. Eric Lawson, Debra Ludwiczak, Jeffrey Mindock, and Stephanie Shafto have applied for the position. Lawson is a former Alpena County commissioner and Mindock is ...

Montmorency Co. ponders pension bonds

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MONTMORENCY — The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday agreed to allow Commissioner Daryl Peterson and Vice Chairman Don Edwards to obtain more information about pursuing a bond sale to address the county’s unfunded pension debt. Peterson plans to meet with officials ...

APS employees to get more for meals

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ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools will have new travel meal reimbursement rates for all district employees. Superintendent John VanWagoner said during Wednesday’s district Board of Education Finance Committee meeting that the district’s current reimbursement rates are old and have to be ...

Eighth drunk driving arrest for man on ATV

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An intoxicated driver of an all-terrain vehicle was arrested early Sunday and may be facing his eighth operating while intoxicated conviction, according to a Michigan State Police press release. MSP troopers from the Alpena Post witnessed the man climbing onto the ATV showing signs of ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Total: 103 Alarms: 2 Animal Control: 8 Traffic Arrests: 0 OWI Arrests: 0 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 2 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: ...

Witness: Noise complaints preceded DPI shooting

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ALPENA—Witnesses in court on Tuesday described the scene about 4:30 p.m. May 12 when a shooter opened fire in the area of the Decorative Panels International plant in Alpena, bullets pinging around the employees working on its roof. Alpena’s Benjaman Atwater, 58, appeared at his ...

Tech upgrades planned for APS

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ALPENA — It will be a busy summer for the Alpena Public Schools technology department. Paul Mancine, director of operational technology for APS, spoke to the district Board of Education’s Curriculum and Technology Committee about upgrades and other projects that will be taking place this ...

Township sets blight rules for final OK

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ALPENA TOWNSHIP —A pair of proposed ordinances in the Charter Township of Alpena geared toward addressing blight and building safety are slated to be voted on at the township Board of Trustees meeting at the end of the month. But a third ordinance regarding rental inspections will be sent ...

Alpena Mall ‘holding ground’ under new owners

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ALPENA — The Alpena Mall “is holding its ground,” according to representatives of the development firm that purchased it late last year. The 182,975-square-foot mall was purchased by the Shreveport, La.-based firm Molla Investments in December, according to a press release from Friedman ...

Clerks certified

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Charter Township of Alpena Clerk Michelle Palevich, left, and Dana Malcomson received certificates that show their election certification from the state. They took several online classes and other training and were certified in March, but the certificates just ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MICHIGAN STATE POLICE The Michigan State Police-Alpena Post handled 98 calls for service from 6/3/19 through 6/9/19. Of the 98 calls for service, troopers made the following arrests: ...

Moran Iron Works starts ferry build for Shepler’s

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ONAWAY — A small blaze of hot light and the sharp smell of a torch marked the the beginning of a project and a continuation of a relationship that will continue to put food on the plates of Northeast Michigan families. “Built in Michigan, by Michigan, for Michigan,” said Bill Shepler ...

Harrisville opens for marijuana business

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HARRISVILLE — The Harrisville City Council on Monday unanimously approved new medical and recreational marijuana ordinances and amended the zoning requirements for both types of marijuana-related businesses to operate in the city. The ordinances go into effect on June 26, after notice has ...

New RC club gives kids a place to talk

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ROGERS CITY — A club has formed in Rogers City for students who want to share their feelings and be around people who want to help them. The club, called the Presque Isle Allies Club, formed after last month’s Rogers City Area Schools Board of Education meeting at which more than a dozen ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of June 3-9 125 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 9 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 33 Mental: 1 Medical: ...

Angling to receive Atlantic salmon

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ALPENA — At its next meeting, in August, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Lake Huron Citizen Fishery Advisory Committee will discuss which community along the lake could receive 80,000 Atlantic salmon next year. The committee, comprised of representatives from Lake ...

Boat racing returns to Grand Lake

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PRESQUE ISLE — Before you could see them, you could hear them. The angry-bee hum grew louder as the historic Fireside Inn at Grand Lake grew closer, buzzing above the loudspeakered voice announcing the number of the racer in the lead. A perfect spring-summer day added the final touch to a ...

Rogers City to host economic summit

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ROGERS CITY — An economic summit, kicking off new economic development and community marketing planning for the Rogers City and its Downtown Development Authority, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rogers City Theater, 257 N. Third St. The event is free and open to the public. ...

Seeking healthy harbors

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ALPENA —Harbormasters in Northeast Michigan are gearing up for the recreational boating season, working hard to fill their harbors not only with boats owned by area residents, but also with vacation boaters traveling up and down the Great Lakes. It’s important work for the region’s ...